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Blue Jackets Play Four Preseason Games Before Heading to Sweden to Open 10th Season

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)


Tue., Sept. 28 vs. MINNESOTA WILD, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. BlueJackets.com/1460
Thu., Sept. 30 at Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center - 7 p.m. NHL Network (tape delay)/1460
Fri., Oct. 1 at Washington Capitals, Verizon Center - 7 p.m. No TV/1460
Sat., Oct. 2 vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS, Nationwide Arena - 6 p.m. BlueJackets.com/CD101

(FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 97.1 – WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan; 1460 – The Fan at 1460 AM; CD101 – CD101 at 102.5 FM)


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
1-3-0 (0-2-0 home, 1-1-0 road)… Leading Scorers: RW Tomas Kubalik (3-0-3, 1 GP)… LW Tom Sestito (1-2-3, 2 GP)… C Kyle Wilson (1-2-3, 2 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (0-1-0, 3.41 GAA, .878 SV%, 2 GP)… Mathieu Garon (1-1-0, 3.96 GAA, .857 SV%, 2 GP).


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

MINNESOTA WILD –
Head Coach: Todd Richards… Record: 0-3-1… Leading Scorer: LW Martin Havlat (1-1-2, 2 GP… Leading Goaltender: Anton Khudobin (0-1-1, 3.08 GAA, .895 SV%, 2 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 16-15-4, including 12-4-1 at home… Home team has won seven of the past eight meetings, including all four last season… 2010-11: Sept. 30 at Columbus (preseason)… Oct. 16 at Minnesota… Nov. 6 at Columbus… Dec. 27 at Columbus… Mar. 19 at Minnesota.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Record: 2-0-0… Leading Scorer: C Matt Hendriks (3-0-3, 2 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Dany Sabourin (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 GP, 30 min.)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-5-3, including 2-3-2 at home… CBJ is 3-1-1 in last five meetings… 2010-11: Washington won 6-2 at Columbus on Sept. 22… Mar. 31 at Washington.

ATLANTA THRASHERS – Head Coach: Craig Ramsey… Record: 0-2-0… Leading Scorer: LW Fredrik Pettersson (1-1-2, 2 GP)… C Bryan Little (1-1-2, 2 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Chris Mason (0-1-0, 1.02 GAA, .966 SV%, 1 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 7-5-0, including 3-3-0 on the road… CBJ has won four-straight in regular season since 5-2 road loss on Dec. 9, 2005… 2010-11: Blue Jackets won 5-2 at Atlanta on Sept. 21… Nov. 4 at Atlanta.


CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, SEPT. 28-Oct. 4 (practices held at Nationwide Arena or Ice Haus; Open to public)


TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

Sept. 26 –
Assigned F Kyle Neuber, F Chris Francis, F Tyler Murovich, D Michael Ratchuk and D Dalton Prout to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Sept. 23 – Assigned the following players to their respective junior clubs: F Dalton Smith (Ottawa/OHL), F Petr Straka (Rimouski/QMJHL), D Brandon Archibald (Sault Ste. Marie/OHL) and D Austin Madaisky (Kamloops/WHL)… Released G Riley Gill and G Dan Taylor… D Kris Russell (sprained knee, Sept. 19 in practice) is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Sept. 21 – Columbus 5, at Atlanta 2:
LW Tom Sestito tallied 1-2-3 and C Mike Blunden added 1-1-2 to lead the Jackets who got 12 saves from Mathieu Garon (13 shots) and 11 saves from David LeNeveu (12 shots)… Sept. 22 – Washington 6, at Columbus 2: The Jackets held a 39 to 29 edge in shots, but Matt Hendricks' hat trick led the Caps to the win… Semyon Varlamov stopped all 20 shots he faced in the game's first 30:09 as the Caps built a 3-0 lead… RW Rick Nash and LW Nikita Filatov scored for Columbus… Sept. 24 – Pittsburgh 5, at Columbus 4: The Penguins got the win thanks to a 3-of-8 performance on the power play, while limiting the Jackets to 1-of-5 on the man advantage… Columbus, which outshot Pittsburgh 37 to 29, was led by RW Tomas Kubalik's hat trick and 0-3-3 from Kristian HuseliusSept. 25 – at Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 1: Pittsburgh got third period goals from Evgeni Malkin and Arron Asham to earn a 3-1 win at home. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead on a Michael Ratchuk goal into the final four minutes of the second period before the Pens tied the game on a Pascal Dupuis goal at the 16:48 mark. The Jackets outshot the Pens 33 to 28, including 19 to 14 in the third period.

KUBALIK COLLECTS FIRST PRESEASON HAT TRICK IN CLUB HISTORY
RW Tomas Kubalik made his unofficial NHL debut vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 and promptly recorded the first preseason hat trick in Blue Jackets history (76 preseason games since 2000) with three goals in a 5-4 loss. The Plzen, Czech Republic native was Columbus' sixth pick, 135th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. He notched 33-42-75 and 95 penalty minutes in 58 games with Victoriaville (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) last season.

PRESEASON TICKET PROMOTIONS
A minimum of 250 HUNTINGTON GREEN SEATS tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game… WHITE CASTLE RUSH CBJ: Student tickets are available for $15 (upper bowl) and $25 (lower bowl) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com… Saturday, Oct. 2 vs. Atlanta – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This ticket package features an upper bowl ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and Ice Haus skate pass for $25 per person, which is a savings of 50 percent.

OPENING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, OCT. 15 VS. DEFENDING CHAMPION BLACKHAWKS
The Blue Jackets host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, October 15 in the club's 10th home opener. The game is the first "Alumni Night" of the club's 10th Anniversary Season courtesy of Tim Hortons and features an appearance by former Jacket Bruce Gardiner, who scored the first goal in team history on Oct. 7, 2000 vs. Chicago. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a 10th season Opening Night T-shirt, as well as a 2010-11 schedule poster. Tickets are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, the Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at www.BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

"HOCKEY: IT'S IN YOUR BLOOD" DRIVE SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY
Fans can join the Blue Jackets, OhioHealth and the American Red Cross in supporting local patients in need by giving blood when the club hosts the annual "Hockey: It's in Your Blood" Drive at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All donors will receive two Blue Jackets game tickets, an exclusive ticket offer to "It's In Your Blood" Night when the Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 20 and a goodie bag from OhioHealth. So, get in the game to help save lives! To schedule your appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE today or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

MASON, GARON TO WEAR MASKS DESIGNED BY SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
The Blue Jackets announced last week that Paul Kramer of Columbus and Cathy Lord of Jackson, Ohio are the winners of the season ticket holder contest to design the masks that will be worn by club goaltenders Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon during the team's 10th season in 2010-11. Upon reviewing the 83 imaginative and inspired entries that were submitted, Mason chose Lord's design which emphasizes the connection between the team name and its Civil War heritage by featuring a flag-bearing soldier marching atop the mask while stars representing Ohio's state flag adorn the sides. Garon selected Kramer's rendering, which also invokes the Civil War motif by incorporating a partial image of the Union Army cap as well as the team's primary and 10th season logos.


THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM

Monday – Training Camp Report.
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Game Day Preview vs. Minnesota; Complete Post-game coverage.
Wednesday – Training Camp Report.
Thursday – Jeff Rimer "One on One" with CBJ prospect Matt Calvert; Game Day Preview at Minnesota.
Friday Game Day Preview at Washington.
Saturday – Game Day Preview vs. Atlanta; Complete Post-game coverage.
Sunday – On The Road with the Jackets-Stockholm, Sweden.

JACKETS TV TO PROVIDE DAILY REPORTS FROM SWEDEN
Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com will be on hand when the Blue Jackets travel to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™ from Oct. 3-10. Jackets TV will provide daily reports from Stockholm, including game day coverage of the exhibition game vs. Malmo on Oct. 5 and pre and post-game coverage of the club’s first two regular season games against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8 and 9, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at everything the team will be doing when it opens the season overseas for the first time.

PODCASTS ON BLUEJACKETS.COM
"NHL INSIDER" hosted by Jeff Rimer debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 29 as the CBJ TV play-by-play man takes a look at the latest news about the team and the NHL.
"DRIVE TO THE NET"
is a live roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit their comments and opinions by e-mailing them to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CBJRadio.
“BLUE JACKETS REPLAY”
is a game night recap featuring highlights and post-game commentary from team players and Head Coach Scott Arniel. All Blue Jackets podcasts are available at www.BlueJackets.com.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
Blue Jackets Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach’s Show with Scott Arniel will air on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning on October 13.

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com. Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL. "Like" the club's official Facebook ® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single Game:
Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-game plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS… Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game… Rush CBJ presented by White Castle: Student tickets are available for $15 (upper bowl) and $25 (lower bowl) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com.

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